Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Engineering)

  • Qualification Type
    Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Engineering)
  • Full Time
    Minimum: 1 year full-time, Maximum: 2 ½ years part-time
  • Part Time
    30 months
  • On Campus
    5 days/week
  • Intake
    You may start the qualification any week of the academic calendar
  • Accreditation
    SAQA ID number 62049, NQF level 5

Qualification Description

The Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Engineering) is a career-focused qualification that is intensive but also broad. It will develop your programming ability and hardware skills so that you can work in a range of areas in the IT industry.

CTI’s Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Engineering) provides you with solid theoretical and intensive practical foundation in the basics of one programming language and one database language, where the emphasis is on application. You will develop a balance of software and hardware knowledge as well as extensive technical experience. The core subject areas are Programming Language, Network+, Security+ and Introduction to Virtualisation. You also cover topics such as general Computer Literacy, Processing and Logic. Throughout the qualification you will complete technical projects so that you are able to troubleshoot hardware problems.

We attribute much of the success of our Higher Certificate programmes in Information Systems (IS), to our unique Mastery Learning Methodology (MLM). This modular self-directed learning approach, gives you the flexibility to start and progress through the programme at a pace that best suits you. This learning methodology, together with our cutting-edge facilities such as computer labs, IS open learning areas, hardware pods and smart pods, will prepare you for the real IT work environment of the future.

Over and above this, you will develop essential skills for the world of work, especially for the IT industry, such as analysing and solving real problems, logical thinking, being innovative and adaptable, working in teams and communicating effectively.

Are you curious about the inner workings of a computer and do you wonder how you would install software, administer networks and solve hardware problems?

Love the thought of programming?

Admission requirements

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) with diploma or certificate entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level confirmed by SAQA.


  • National Certificate (Vocational) level four issued by the Council of General and Further Education and Training.


  • You must have obtained the required results in the CTI Placement Assessment.

Qualification accreditation

Accredited by the South African Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
CTI has a partnership with CompTIA (Computing Technology Information Association). CompTIA is an association directing its focus on the IT industry. Due to CTI’s partnership with CompTIA, as a graduate of this programme, you will qualify to write the CompTIA exams, at no additional cost to you. This is for the first sitting only and subject to you being on time with your study schedule and that you have not switched from the initial programme you enrolled for.

Career options

The career choices for you, as a Higher Certificate in Information Systems (Engineering) graduate, include junior positions in:

Network administration
Database administration

Qualification structure

Teaching methods and assessment

We use the Mastery Learning Methodology (MLM) and lecturers are available in the IS open learning areas during the designated learning hours.
You have access to campus resource centres, computer labs and IS open learning areas, smart, hardware and exam pods, as well as WiFi.
You will have to complete individual projects, presentations and theory based written assessments. The focus however is on completing practical and technical assessments throughout the programme.
Your final assessment will be a three-day practical exam.

Qualification facilities and campuses

IS Open Learning Area – Cluster work space setup with lecturer available at all times on site for assistance.
Hardware Pod – a hardware environment setup for testing and training on hardware devices.
Smart Pod – formal & informal leaning space, for collaboration and workshops.
Exam Pod – for all examinations to take place.

The qualification is offered at All CTI Campuses

Programme Structure

  • Computer Literacy
  • Personal Skills Development
  • Processing and Logic Concepts
  • Program Design
  • Hardware Essentials
  • Software Engineering
  • Database Design Concepts
  • Database Management
  • Programming Language - Java or C# or VB.NET
  • Network+ Preparation
  • Security+ Preparation
  • Introduction to Virtualisation
  • Final Practical Exam